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This Day in Naval History – Dec. 31

1862 - USS Monitor founders in a storm off Cape Hatteras, NC. 1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz assumes command of U.S. Pacific Fleet. 1942 - Commissioning of USS Essex (CV-9), first of new class of aircraft carriers, at Norfolk, VA 1948 - Last annual report by a Secretary of the Navy to Congress and the President filed by SECNAV John L. Sullivan. Thereafter the Secretary of Defense would report annually to Congress. (Source: Navy News Service)


HII Wins $504m Contract Modification for Gerald R. Ford

  Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) received a $504 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract extension to continue engineering work associated with construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The company's Newport News Shipbuilding division is the prime contractor. Work performed under the contract includes the continuation of design-related activities and integration and system analysis for non-propulsion plant work.


Carrier Steam Turbine Contract Awarded

DRS Technologies, Inc. has been awarded a contract to continue to design advanced propulsion steam turbines for the U.S. Navy's next-generation CVN-78 class of aircraft carriers. The $5.6 million award was received by DRS from Dresser-Rand Company in Wellsville, New York, a unit of Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited (NYSE:IR). The design effort for this contract will be performed by the company's DRS Power Technology unit in Fitchburg, Massachusetts


Gladding-Hearn Takes Orders For New Class of Pilot Boat

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, The Duclos Corporation, is building a new class of pilot boats. The Virginia, Maryland, and Tampa pilots will be the first to operate the shipyard’s new Chesapeake class of 53-ft. launches. The first two boats will be delivered to the Virginia Pilot Boat Corporation and Association of Maryland Pilots next October. The Tampa Pilots’ boat and a sister ship for the Maryland pilots will be delivered in 2003.


Royal Caribbean Extends Options For Two $500 Million Vessels

Royal Caribbean said on Wednesday it has extended for 13 months options on building two $500 million ships to add to its 21-vessel fleet. The Miami-based operator of the Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity lines said in a news release that it had agreed with the Meyer Werft shipyard of Papenburg, Germany, to extend the options to July 26, 2002, on the so-called Radiance-class ships. Both options on the 2,100-passenger ships were due to expire on June 27


CWind Backs New BV Class as Second Vessel Attains Classification

CWind, a provider of services to the offshore wind industry, has announced a second of its vessels, the CWind Resolution due to be named later today in Brightlingsea, has gained the new class notation ‘Wind Farm Service Ships’ introduced by Bureau Veritas earlier this year. The CWind Resolution is only the second ever vessel to be classed under this notation to date, joining its sister vessel the CWind Challenger on the register


Supacat’s Prototype L&R System

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A new Launch and Recovery System (L&RS) developed by Supacat for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) new class of all-weather lifeboat (ALB) has undergone a two year trials program. These trials tested the system in demanding conditions and were held at Hayle, . The new L&RS design met all the requirements of the prototype specification and exceeded expectations during the trials; lifeboat crew feedback is now being used by the RNLI and Supacat to refine the


Lockheed to Commence Construction of LCS

The U.S. Navy awarded a Lockheed Martin-led team $188.2 million to commence detail design and construction of the first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a revolutionary new class of naval combatant designed to dominate the world’s coastal waters. The option was exercised under the LCS final system design contract, awarded to the Lockheed Martin team in May 2004. The Lockheed Martin team will begin construction of the lead ship at Marinette Marine in Marinette, WI


Northrop Grumman Turbine Generators Selected for USN ORP

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Northrop Grumman selected to provide turbine generator units for U.S. Navy's Ohio Replacement Submarine Program Northrop Grumman Corporation announced it has been awarded a contract by shipbuilder General Dynamics Electric Boat to complete detailed design and subsequent manufacturing, assembly, qualification and delivery of the first turbine generator units for the Ohio Replacement Program (ORP), the U.S. Navy's next-generation ballistic nuclear submarine.


Glasgow Shipyard Inaugurates Its Saving Grace

Glasgow Shipyard Inaugurates Its Saving Grace Glasgow's Govan shipyard celebrated a welcome but rare sight on Friday as a new ship slipped into the dark waters of the Clyde - the first since the once-mighty yard's shaky future was guaranteed last year. The 643 ft. (196-m) Wave Ruler, the second of a new class of oilers for Britain's Royal Fleet Auxiliary, will be used primarily to provide Royal Navy and NATO ships with fuel and fresh water at sea.


Royal Sells Splendour to Tui Cruises

Splendour of the Seas - Pic by Royal Caribbean International

 Royal Caribbean International is saying sayonara to yet another of its older vessels. Its cruise ship Splendour of the Seas will join the Thomson Cruises’ fleet from Summer 2016.   According to a press release from Royal Caribbean


US Visa Initiative for Ethiopian Seafarers

US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Patricia M Haslach, with the EMTI administration and cadets (Photo courtesy: EMTI)

The Ethiopian Maritime Training Institute (EMTI) has welcomed an initiative by the United States that will provide Ethiopian seafarers with a new class of C1/D visas. The new C1/D visas issued to Ethiopian crewmembers will now be valid for two years.


Great Ships of 2014: Quantum of the Seas

The 167,800 gt Quantum of the Seas. (Photo: RCL)

First ship in new class for RCCL   Meyer Werft delivered the latest in a long line of cruise ships that grow ever larger and more spectacular in their outfit, final finish and performance. The 167,800-gt cruise ship Quantum of the Seas was built for and delivered to Royal Caribbean Cruises


Ferry Fixation: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

King County Water Taxi

It all adds up to the global effort to strengthen bottom lines, safety margins and the collective environmental footprint.   The future for ferries seems to be on fire; both in good ways and bad. The good is always a good place to start. And, that’s because it is ferry fabrication time


ClassNK Updates Container Stowage Guidelines

Photo courtesy of Hamburg Süd

ClassNK has released the second edition of its Guidelines for Container Stowage and Securing Arrangements. The update comes in response to recent industry changes as the amount and size of container carriers increases more than ever before, the classification society said.  


New Container Guidelines from ClassNK

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ClassNK releases updates to its Guidelines for Container Stowage and Securing Arrangements. Classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has released the second edition of its Guidelines for Container Stowage and Securing Arrangements


World's Largest Container Ship Calls at Port of Felixstowe

Hong Kong-registered CSCL Globe

 The world’s largest container ship CSCL Globe arrives  on her first visit to Europe at the Port of Felixstowe today - with hundreds of people expected at viewing points to witness the occasion. The world’s largest container ship arrives on her first visit to Europe  to


Fincantieri Wins Carnival Cruise Ship Order

 Fincantieri SpA

 Fincantieri SpA has been awarded an order by Carnival Corporation & plc for the construction of two new cruise ships for Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line. Both will be sisters ships respectively to Carnival Vista and Koningsdam


RCCL: Bayley, Lutoff-Perlo take CEO Posts

Michael Bayley

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE, OSLO: RCL) named two senior company executives to lead the company’s two largest brands. Michael Bayley, who worked his way up from an assistant purser’s position aboard the Nordic Prince, will serve as President and CEO of Royal Caribbean


Celebrity Cruises Orders 2 New Ships

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  Celebrity Cruises has taken a bold step in ship design with the signing of a letter of intent for a new class of vessels, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and French shipbuilder STX France announced today. The two 2,900-guest, 117,000-gross-registered-ton ships


DNV GL Gas Ready Notation

DNV GL’s new GAS READY notation provides a clear picture of the level of LNG fuelled preparedness of a vessel.

With the IGF Code practically finalized, the introduction of sulphur limits and burgeoning infrastructure and production capability, LNG as a ship fuel is spreading rapidly through the maritime world.   DNV GL’s new GAS READY notation gives owners


U.S. Navy Expect Decision on LCS Warship

The trimaran USS Independence

  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to make a decision soon on how to make a new class of smaller warships more lethal and survivable, the Navy's top admiral said on Saturday. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert expected a quick decision based on a recommendation


Cruise Shipping: RCL's 'Quantum of the Seas' Delivered

Photo: MEYER WERFT

First Ship of New Class for Royal Caribbean MEYER WERFT delivered the 167,800-gt cruise ship Quantum of the Seas to the U.S. cruise operator Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. yesterday in Bremerhaven. According to the builder, the first ship of the Quantum class sets new standards in terms of


RCN to 'Retire' Four Ships, Procure Replacements

HMCS Preserver: Photo RCN

Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), informed a recent news conference that the RCN begins its transition to the future fleet. The four ships to be taken out of service are Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Protecteur and Preserver


Holland America Line's New Ship is ms Koningsdam

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE PINNACLE CLASS SHIP

  Holland America Line revealed the name of its new 99,500-ton cruise ship slated for delivery in February 2016 will be ms Koningsdam. While the name pays homage to the company’s rich heritage and deep roots in the Netherlands, it also reflects a new era with a bold name that is an






 
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